Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

09:54 PM April 06, 2019

When deciding on the best hip hop songs of all time, picking the ones that really touched are souls was difficult, yet highly entertaining. All of these songs have made us laugh, cry, hug each other, smile, break it down, twerk, and more. There is a reason that they are on the best songs lists. We have worked quite a bit on this list. We hope you enjoy our list, and that it makes you smile and remember when you heard a certain song for the first time. Here is the first of our best hip hop songs of all time.

100 Best Hip-Hop Songs of all Time

100) L’Trimm, “Cars with the Boom.”

  • This was the first national hit and it was brought to us by Lady Tigra and Bunny D, who at the time this song came out were teenagers.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

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99) Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins, “Get Low.”

  • “Get Low” was the Number Two hot that reflected the peak of the high-energy alcohol-content, shout-happy movement, that was called, “crunk.”

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

98) Brand Nubian, “Slow Down”

  • This song takes a whole verse to belittle crackheads.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

97) Jay Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind.”

  • An orchestral rap ballad.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

96) The Luniz, “I got 5 on it”

  • This is the anthem for broke drug users, it also helped add new lingo to hip-hop.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

95) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Tha Crossroads”

  • One of the most powerful mourning anthems and this song put the Midwest on the map.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

94) Missy Misdemeanor’ Elliott, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”

  • Nominated for best rap video in 1997.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

93) Souls of Mischief, “93’ til Infinity”

  • This song helped launch some rap careers.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

92) B.G. feat. Big Tymers and Hot Boys, “Bling Bling”

  • BG’s most successful single of all time.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

91) Rick Ross fat. Styles P, “B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast)”

  • Reference to the Black Mafia Family.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

90) Biz Markie, “Just a Friend”

  • Biz’s most successful single.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

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89) UGK feat. Outkast, “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)”

  • This song was #10 on the best songs of 2007 by Rolling Stone magazine.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

88) MC Shan, “The Bridge”

  • Has been rated as one of the top diss tracks in hip-hop.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

87) Coolio- “Gangsta’s Paradise”

  • Coolio won a Grammy for this track.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

86) Jermaine Dupri feat. Jay Z, “Money Ain’t a Thang”

  • Nominated for a Grammy in 1999.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

85) J.J. Fad, “Supersonic”

  • Nominated for a Grammy in 1989, JJ Fad was the 1st all-female group to be nominated for a Grammy.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

84) U.T.F.O., “Roxanne, Roxanne”

  • Widely acclaimed hip-hop classic.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

83) 2 Live Crew, “Me So Horny”

  • This track was #1 on Billboard in 1989. Began the explicit lyric ban that began in Florida. It was eventually over turned.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

82)  Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Cappadonna, “Ice Cream”

  • From his third album without Wu-tang. The B-side is on the GTA soundtrack.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

81) DMX, “Ruff Riders Anthem”

  • This track is a blend of hip-hop, rock-n-roll, and some hood stuff.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

80) Naughty by Nature, “O.P.P.”

  • This track had everyone wondering what that last P was for.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

79) Heavy D, “Nuttin But Love”

  • The video featured Rebecca Gayheart, Cynthia Bailey, and Chris Tucker.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

78) Arrested Development, “Tennessee”

  • The video was filmed in Georgia and won a Grammy in 1993.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

77) A Tribe Called Quest, “Can I Kick It?”

  • This track came out in 1989, when these guys were 19 years old.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

76) Public Enemy, “Welcome to the Terror Dome”

  • Chaotic hip-hop.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

75) Outkast, “Ms. Jackson”

  • The boys from Atlanta pleading their case to baby’s mama’s mamas.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

74) Wu-Tang Clan, “Protect Ya Neck”

  • A Wu-tang joint from 1992. One of the best.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

73) Big Punisher ft. Joe, “Still Not a Player”

  • Reached number 57 on Billboard. Pun and Joe made the remix that hit 24 on the Billboard charts.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

72) Black Sheep, “The Choice is Yours”

  • This track was featured in Step Up, You Got Served, and Lakeview Terrace.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

71) Whodini, “Freaks Come Out at Night”

  • From 1985, this song was one of the first to hit popular radio stations.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

70) 3rd Bass, “Pop Goes the Weasel”

  • Instantly became a hit and went gold. It was a diss to Vanilla Ice.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

69) Ol’ Dirty Bastard, “Brooklyn Zoo”

  • Brooklyn is a spot where hip-hop came to be.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

68) House of Pain, “Jump Around”

  • The track is still played today, the bag pipes make it great.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

67) Naughty by Nature, “Hip Hop Hooray”

  • This chorus became one of the most remembered and used chorus in all hip-hop.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

66) Tribe Called Quest, “Check the Rhime”

  • The guys were now 21 when this track scored number spots on many radio stations.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

65) Eric B. & Rakim, “Don’t Sweat the Technique”

  • From 4th and final album, released in 1992.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

64) Snoop Doggy Dogg, “What’s My Name”

  • The first single from his debut album.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

63)  Outkast, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”

  • A statement about urban life for African Americans in the South.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

62) Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Back”

  • An ode to all the big booties out there.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

61) Digital Underground, “The Humpty Dance”

  • It is a tribute to sexual prowess with a great little beat.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

60) Too $hort, “Freaky Tales”

  • One of the most well-known sexploitation tracks.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

59)  Nas, “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”

  • Second track from Illmatic.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

58) T.I., “What You Know”

  • Lead single from his fourth album.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

57) Ice-T, “6 N’ the Mornin”

  • One of the defining tracks of gangsta rap.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

56) Cypress Hill, “How I Could Just Kill a Man”

  • This is about ideas for world peace. Who knew?

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

55) Beastie Boys, “Hold It Now, Hit It”

  • First single from Licensed to Ill.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

54) Eminem, “Stan”

  • An account of an Eminem worshipper. Along with Dido’s vocals, it is a great track.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

53) The Pharcyde, “Passin Me By”

  • This song is a lazy summer song just people watching and having some lemonade.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

52) Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, “White Lines”

  • An experiment with funky-disco roots and also an entry to the electronic scene.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

51) Snoop Dogg, “Gin & Juice”

  • Following 93’s, “Nuthin but a G Thang,” Snoop and Dre collabed for this hit as well.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

50) Run- DMC, “King of Rock”

  • One of the most rock influenced tracks with heavy guitar riffs.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

49) The Notorious B.I.G.” Big Poppa”

  • Second single from his first studio album.

Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time: Our Top 100

48) Outkast, “B.O.B.”

  • The Atliens brought us this glorious track, nothing shy of fantastic.

48-Outkast, “B.O.B.”

47) Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel”

47-Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

46) Funky 4+1, “That’s the Joint”

  • This track is frequently sampled and used.

46-Funky 4+1, “That’s the Joint”

45) Salt-n-Pepe, “Push It”

  • One of the most amazing little tracks by some pioneers of female hip-hop.

45-Salt-n-Pepe, “Push It”-

44) Lauryn Hill, “Lost Ones”

  • From her debut album, her pregnancy inspired this song.

44-Lauryn Hill, “Lost Ones”-

43) 2Pac, “California Love”

  • One of the best and features Dr. Dre.

43-2Pac, “California Love”

42) Kurtis Blow, “The Breaks”

  • The breakfast still works at parties everyone.

42-Kurtis Blow, “The Breaks”

41) Eminem, “The Way I Am”

  • This 2000 track, is how you call someone out for sure.

41-Eminem, “The Way I Am”

40) Tupac Shakur, “I Get Around”

  • Features Shock G and Money B of Digital Underground, who introduced Tupac to the world.

40-Tupac Shakur, “I Get Around”

39) Craig Mack, “Flava in Ya Ear”

  • A one-hit wonder, but this track is larger than life.

39-Craig Mack, “Flava in Ya Ear”

38) Ghetto Boys, “Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me”

  • This song speaks of paranoia and is a metaphor for mental disillusionment that is with inner-city angst.

38-Ghetto Boys, “Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me”

37) Eminem, “Til I collapse”

  • From his 4th album, featuring Nate Dogg.

37-Eminem, “Til I collapse”

36) Nas, feat. Lauryn Hill, “If I Ruled the World”

  • This track is different than the old NAS, but Billboard loved it and it was popular amongst many teens at that time.

36-Nas, feat. Lauryn Hill, “If I Ruled the World”

35) Jay-Z, “Hard Knock Life”

  • This lovely track with the “Annie” remix to it.

35-Jay-Z, “Hard Knock Life”

34) Eminem, “the Real Slim Shady”

  • Lead single of this album. Won many awards too.

34-Eminem, “the Real Slim Shady”

33) Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”

  • Politically salient rhymes by Chuck D and the boys.

33-Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”

32) Outkast,” Rosa Parks”

  • A very catchy hip-hop track. One of the coolest two in hip-hop.

32-Outkast,” Rosa Parks”

31) LL Cool J, “Mama Said Knock You Out”

  • This was used as an anthem for many boxers back in the day, in fact, some still use it now.

31-LL Cool J, “Mama Said Knock You Out”

30) Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

  • One of his best works as of yet.

30-Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

29) Big Daddy Kane, “Ain’t No Half-Steppin”

  • One of the best tracks by Big Daddy Kane.

29-Big Daddy Kane, “Ain’t No Half-Steppin”

28) Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It Takes Two”

  • Monster hit that just kind of faded away.

28-Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It Takes Two”

27) EPMD, “Strictly Business”

  • From their debut album. Received so much positive attention and has great production.

27-EPMD, “Strictly Business”

26) LL Cool J, “Rock the Bells”

  • 1985 classic hit produced by Rick Rubin.

26-LL Cool J, “Rock the Bells”

25) 50 Cent, “In Da Club”

  • 50’s studio debut from 2003. Was number one on the Billboard charts.

25-50 Cent, “In Da Club”

24) Beastie Boys, “Paul Revere”

  • Again, another hit by the boys and a fictional version of how they met. Rick Rubin is a snake charmer in this track.

24-Beastie Boys, “Paul Revere”-

23) Wu-Tang Clan, “Gravel Pit”

  • Being a Wu-Tang fan, I simply love this track. This is very underrated and simply great music period.

23-Wu-Tang Clan, “Gravel Pit”

22) Run-DMC, “Peter Piper”

  • Lyrics based on a nursery rhyme and showed off vocal talents.

22-Run-DMC,” Peter Piper”

21) Jay-Z & UGK, “Big Pimpin”

  • Hit #1 on Billboard charts and Jay-Z still wonders why he did this song.

21-Jay-Z & UGK, “Big Pimpin’

20) N.W.A., “F**k tha Police”

  • 1988 classic that protest police brutality and racial profiling.

20-N.W.A.,” Fuck tha Police”

19) Public Enemy. “Rebel Without a Pause”

  • 1988 classic that references “Rebel Without a Cause.”

19-Public Enemy. “Rebel Without a Pause”

18) Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M” (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)

  • RZA brought this blunt Wu-tang track to us. You can’t get it out your head once it is in there.

18-Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M”

17) N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton”

  • This gangsta rap anthem showed how frustrating life as a young, black man really was.

17-N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton”

16) The Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy”

  • Biggie’s most important song with introspection. Three years later, Biggie died.

The Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy”

15) Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, “Ain’t Nuthin But a G Thang”

  • This Snoop and Dre hit was #2 on the charts in 93.

15-Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, “Ain’t Nuthin But a G Thang”

14) Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul sonic Force, “Planet Rock”

  • When Bambaataa was looking for a beat that was perfect, he found electro-rap instead.

14-Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul sonic Force, “Planet Rock”

13) The Sugar hill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”

  • The first hip-hop song. It was very influential to the culture.

13-The Sugar hill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”

12)  2Pac, “Dear Mama”

  • 2Pac’s ode to Afeni Shakur and is the unofficial Mother’s Day hit.

12-2Pac, “Dear Mama”

11) Rum-DMC, “Walk This Way”

  • Along with Aerosmith, this track still holds up to the newest hip-hop.

11-Rum-DMC, “Walk This Way"

10) Mobb Deep, “Survival of the Fittest”

  • This song does not get the attention that it should. Very awesome song.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

9) Nas, “Illmatic”

  • This is one of the best tracks by Nas and anyone really.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

8) Dr. Dre, feat. Eminem, “Forgot about Dre”

  • This is a great track, great hook, and just all-around nice track in general. Nice duet.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

7) De La Soul, “Me, Myself, and I”

  • A little ditty that sparks smiles and a chorus you can’t help but to sing.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

6) A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School, “Scenario”

  • As we get down to the top six hip-hop songs of all time, we wanted to write a little but about our top six choices.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

5) Run-DMC, “Sucker MC’s”

  • This was one of the first B-boy tracks to come out and Jam Master Jay, takes this track to a new level.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

4) Faith Evans & Puff Daddy, “I’ll Be Missing You”

  • This song was actually a tribute to Biggie Smalls.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

3) The Fugees, “Killing ME Softly”

  • Even though Roberta Flack sang it first, the Fugees put a mix to it, that just makes it bump.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

2) Childish Gambino, “This Is America”

  • Was a hard and random pick for us, but after truly seeing what the song is about and listening to the lyrics, we leave it at number two, where it deserves to be.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

1) Slick Rick – “Children’s Story”

  • The was a tough choice, but this is our all time favorite hip-hop song.

best hip hop songs of all time: our top 100

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